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Bio-LancMHf Fanning, Saturday, Juna 24, 1995
Co.) —What do an unused steel
cattle gate, a grain wagon and
grain dust all have in common
with children? These hidden dan
gers kill many farm children each
year. Due in par( to the high farm
density and more hands on mecha
nization used here, Lancaster
County has the highest farm acci
dent rate in the state.
The Lancaster County Coali
tion of Safe Kids and Farm Safety
4 Just Kids, Cargill Inc. and Ore
gon Dairy teamed up together to
do something about it. Earlier this
month they held a day camp for
174 children ages eight to 13 on
Maybe you think safety is bor
ing, however, these kids were fas
cinated by the demonstrations.
The day started with registra
tion where the kids divided into
teams. These teams rotated
through 12 demonstration sta
tions. Some of the stations are
what you would expect, 1
This demonstration shows what would happen If a tod
dler attempts to climb an unused cattle gate propped
against the barn. Notice the busted cantaloupe.
Are keys removed from idle farm machinery?
Are riders not allowed on tractors, farm
machinery and wagons?
Are all slow moving vehicle (SMV) signs in
place and still reflective?
Are power take off (PTO) shields in place on
Is proper shielding in place on farm machinery?
Do the driver and all passengers use seat belts or
car seats in the farm truck?
showing what happens to a hand
(artificial of course) when it gets
caught in a drive chain. A strong
emphasis was placed on hidden
dangers. Consider the unused
cattle gate leaning up against the
bam...until your three-year-old
brother decides to climb it and it
falls over on him. To illustrate
what would happen when a three
year-old climbed on it the instruc
tors pulled a steel gate over and let
it fall on top of a ripe cantaloupe.
The kids got the idea.
Other demonstration areas were
all terrain vehicles, animal hand
ling, chemicals, electrical sys
tems, fire prevention, first aid,
flowing grain, hidden hazards,
tractors, lawn mowers, pto road
way safety, and skid loaders.
Lunch was provided by Oregon
DJL7 Restaurant. Snack and dis
tribution of farm safety books and
participation certificates were
given to conclude the camp. Each
participant received a t-shirt and a
More _. volunteers ;lped to conduct the Farm Safety Day Camp. These
included volunteers from Cargill Inc., PP&L, area doctors, nurses, firemen, and
police, New Holland, Case Uniloader, and PFA Chapters.
Lancaster County has the highest farm accident rate In the state. The Farm Safety
Day Camp was held to teach children safety precautions when woiidng and playing on
Demonstrations show what happens
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